Affordable Housing

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Nick Raynsford Nick Raynsford Labour, Greenwich and Woolwich

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2012, Official Report, columns 242-43, on council tax rates and rating, if he will publish a table showing how many of the net additions to the housing stock in each council tax band qualified for the affordable homes premium in each local authority in England in 2010-11. [R]

Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister for Housing

Between April 2010 and April 2011 there were 60,640 additional affordable homes qualifying for the premium, which totals £21 million and will be provided in 2012-13.

The enhancement to the New Homes Bonus for affordable homes is calculated from the official statistics published by the Department on gross additional affordable supply. These statistics are based on administrative data from the Homes and Communities Agency and returns by local authorities and these sources do not capture information on the council tax band of each property.

The main New Homes Bonus grant is calculated separately, using the data provided on the council tax base form to calculate the increase in housing stock. The council tax base does not identify how many homes in each band are affordable properties.

Two-thirds of the additional homes that the bonus rewarded in Year 2 (October 2010 to October 2011) were in bands A to C, and therefore are clearly lower-cost homes.

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